Trains: Tracks of the Iron Horse
The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library undertakes its most ambitious exhibit yet - exploring America's love affair with trains. Visitors can see rare and unique items including the original gold spike that ceremonially completed the first U.S. transcontinental railroad. The exhibit includes a collection of historic and contemporary photographs by noted railroad photographers and hundreds of three dimensional objects including railroad china, scale models, and a variety of contemporary and historic railroad artifacts. A lively narrative and a number of maps and time lines illustrate various issues associated with railroad development and contemporary railroad operations. Railfans, professional railroaders, and railroad scholars, will also find the exhibit entertaining and informative, particularly various trivia challenges located throughout the exhibit where visitors can test their knowledge against experts on railroad history, operations, and technology. For children, the exhibit has a number of touch and learn stations highlighting issues of railroad safety and railroad operations.
The exhibit fully occupies two temporary exhibit galleries. The 2,976 square foot Ansary Gallery contains exhibits focusing on contemporary railroading including specific discussions of traveling by train; railroad technology; railroads, what they are and what they do; model railroading; and presidential travel by train. The 1,650 square foot Fidelity Corridor Gallery contains exhibits focusing on the history of the railroad industry and railroad technology.
A number of events will also take place during the course of the exhibit including a free movie program with a railroad theme; guest lectures by prominent historians, railroad executives, regulators, and rail enthusiasts; and modeling seminars. The Bush Library is also pleased to welcome several modular model railroad clubs that will set up and operate their HO, N, and Z scale model layouts in the rotunda of the library.
Please bookmark this page and check back frequently. As the Bush Library finalizes the schedule of events and presenters, we will post the information here. Button bars on the left side of the this page will take you to information about specific events.
We look forward to seeing you at the George Bush Library and Museum. All aboard!